Mary C. (Tena) Blackwelder, age 86, of West Grove, PA passed away on November 16, 2018 at Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community. She passed peacefully in the way she always wanted - at home holding the hand of her beloved.
Born in Clinton, SC, she was the daughter of the late Dorothy (Owens) and Arthur Davis. While Tena worked part-time in the office at A.I. DuPont Middle School and the Newark Department Store, she was most proud of the work she did as a homemaker raising her five boys. Fond memories of her Christmas Eve dinners will always be treasured. Tena also volunteered as a buyer for the Gift Shop on the Junior Board at St. Francis Hospital and at the Jenner’s Pond Herron’s Nest. She once was an avid bowler and enjoyed traveling. More recently, she enjoyed spending her time reading and knitting. Tena was well liked and much loved, a woman with a warm heart whose favorite pastime was being a loving wife, grandmother and great grandmother. We will forever miss her.
Tena is survived by her loving husband of almost 70 years, Herbert V. Blackwelder, Sr.; her sons and their spouses: Herbert V., Jr. and Kathleen of Avondale, PA; Ralph B. and Lisa of Young Harris, GA; Barrett O. and Elizabeth of Wilmington, DE; Robert B. and Yolanda of Chula Vista, CA; and, Bradley D. and Kimberly of Landenberg, PA; her sister, Carolyn Heaton (Walter) of Clinton, SC; her brother, Maxie Davis (Margie) of Whigham, GA; her 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff and nurses of Willow Tree Hospice. Funeral services will be private. Online condolences may be made at mealeyfuneralhomes.com